This Day in History: Dec. 29

In 1890, the Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them.

1808: The 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1812: During the War of 1812, the American frigate USS Constitution engaged and severely damaged the British frigate HMS Java off Brazil.

1845: Texas was admitted as the 28th state. 

1934: Japan formally renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.

1940: during World War II, Germany dropped incendiary bombs on London, setting off what came to be known as “The Second Great Fire of London.”

1992: the United States and Russia announced agreement on a nuclear arms reduction treaty.

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